Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri speaks during a news conference with his counterpart French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Cairo, Egypt April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Egypt is holding political prisoners in "prolonged and indefinite solitary confinement" that amounts to "torture," an international rights group said Monday.Morsi himself has reportedly been held in solitary confinement for most of the last five years.The London-based group said it has documented 36 cases of prisoners being held in solitary confinement, including six who have been isolated from the outside world since 2013 .Amnesty and other rights groups say torture and abuse are widespread in Egyptian prisons.Later on Monday, Amnesty said that Egypt responded to its report with a 14-page statement, denying that the use of prolonged, solitary confinement is wide-spread.
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